Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Life Unshackled

Trans World Radio has a sizable radio audience as far north as Cuba and the Bahamas, and in Venezuela, Guyana, and Colombia, to the south. But our programs have an impact right here in our own "backyard" as well. We have some faithful listeners in prison on Aruba for example.

This past Friday, a man stopped by looking for one of our local workers, who happened to be away on vacation at the time. He shared an interesting testimony with us. This guy, who grew up on Curacao, had a pretty serious problem with alcohol abuse as a young man. It turns out that each night as he lay in his room in a more or less drunken stupor, he would listen to TWR on his radio, especially the radio drama Unshackled, produced by the Pacific Garden Mission, in Chicago.

He told us that after a couple years of listening nightly to the accounts of radically transformed lives, it dawned on him that God could probably do the same thing for him as well. He placed his trust in Jesus Christ as his savior and Lord. Well, its years later and I'm happy to report that he too, has been released from his bondage to alcohol, and the downward spiral of his life had been dramatically reversed.

I guess it is only fitting that the Bible verse that we've all been memorizing each week during our Sunday church services this month is 2 Corinthians 5:17,
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come."

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